Posted by The Naked Redhead
As you know, I love a clean home. But like anyone else, there are times when cleanliness falls by the wayside. Of course, right at that moment, I always have a friend call and say, "Hey! I'm just up the road and wanted to pop in and say hi!" Excellent. At this point, I begin running around like a crazy person, trying to throw things in order. Here are some rules I live by to get a clean home, fast.
1. Touch it once--I learned my cleaning skills from my very practical mother who had several mantras, one of which was, "touch it once!" What she meant was, "be efficient." Don't pick up a pair of shoes and get distracted by a dog toy. Don't do half the dishes then move to that pile of laundry. Multi-tasking when you're cleaning just gives you a messier home. If you touch something that needs putting away, put it away immediately.
2. Make a mental list of "musts"--What are absolutely the most important things that need to be done? Do you need to scoop the litter pan? Put shoes away? Pick up dog toys? These "musts" should be small, but should also be things that you know you'd be embarrassed to leave undone.
3. Lipstick a pig (aka "Fake It")--This tip is my favorite and it's one I use ALL the time. A quick pick-up and wiping down of fixtures in the kitchen (no water spots!) can make it look like you just cleaned yesterday, but that you simply haven't gotten to the dishes yet. Or, a made bed can make any messy bedroom look ten times more put together.
4. If all else fails, clean the bathroom--If you only have a few minutes, forget everything else and hit this room. Clorox makes pretty boxes for their wipes now, so keep them out on your counter and quickly swipe down surfaces. Throw wet towels and dirty clothes in a hamper, close the shower curtain, do a fast sweep or vacuum of the floor, put out a fresh hand towel, light a candle, and voila, everyone will THINK you're clean, regardless of the state of the rest of your home.
5. Laugh it off--Well, sometimes, cleaning is just a big FAIL. Don't be too hard on yourself, just laugh it off. Tell the friend who popped in, "Look what I did for you!", point to your messiness, then dismiss it with a wave. If you're anxious about it, your guests will be anxious about it, too. EVERYONE has a messy place now and then...so don't sweat it, and enjoy the company. In fifty years, you won't remember that sock on the floor anyway.
How do you clean quickly?
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